David McConnell

Adjunct Professor of Law

David M. McConnell joined the faculty as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law in 2006. He teaches and specializes in immigration law and asylum and refugee law. Mr. McConnell is also an attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he is the Director of the Office of Immigration Litigation Appellate Section. He joined that office in 1990 as a trial attorney, and previously worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor from 1984 to 1990. He began teaching in 2001 as a legal writing instructor at the George Washington University School of Law and did so continuously before coming to Washington College of Law in 2006, and he spent a semester abroad in 2003 as a visiting Legal Writer at the University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland. Since 2012, he has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama Law School. He teaches a 2-credit “mini-course” in Immigration and Nationality Law there each spring. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Wake Forest University School of Law.



Areas of Specialization

  • Immigration Law
  • Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Virginia

  • Selected Publications

    • David McConnell, Judicial Review Under the Immigration and Nationality Act: Habeas Corpus and the Coming of REAL ID (1996-2005), 51 N. Y. L. Sch. L. Rev. 75 (2006).